How to Say Good-Bye

What does it mean to offer words of candour, reassurance and love when we’re communicating with those who are facing the end of their lives?

We have so little contact and experience with death that it’s no wonder we don’t know what to say at these crucial times.

This article, which offers insights from hospice nurse Maggie Callanan, co-author of the seminal book Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communications of the Dying, provides extremely relevant and helpful guidance. Not the least of which is summed up here:

“It’s hard to say good-bye—but you don’t have to ‘say’ anything. Most critical: Just show up. Be there.”

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